North Dakota Bar Exam Information

North Dakota Bar Exam Information


North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Floor
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
(701) 328-4201

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Subjects and Topics Tested

North Dakota is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The North Dakota bar exam may test the following subjects:

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the North Dakota bar exam is 260 on a 400-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The North Dakota bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

North Dakota bar exam Results are typically released in mid-May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by North Dakota), has the written components on Tuesday and the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, 2 MPT questions are administered. This allows an average of 1.5 hours to complete each. During the three-hour afternoon session, 6 MEE questions are administered, allowing an average of 1.5 hours to answer each essay question.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

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